Considering this happens all too often now, how long will it be before a Mediaworks current affairs show covers this:

Television presenter Miriama Kamo and her husband Michael Dreaver have admitted carrying out illegal work on their Waiheke home.

Kamo and Dreaver entered guilty pleas at the Auckland District Court, in relation to charges laid under the Building Act, according to court records. Continue reading »

20-20-non-storyTVNZ sure is going for a NEW approach to current affairs, but it is one of which they should be ashamed. Last night’s 20/20 was quite the worst piece of ‘investigative reporting’ and I use the term with my tongue firmly in my cheek, that I think I’ve ever seen.

Colette Lochore, the reigning Miss World NZ, decided that she’d like to go ‘undercover’ to ‘expose’ the NZ modeling industry. However it was unclear before or after the story as to why this ‘exposure’ was needed, as the report lacked any substance whatsoever. This ‘exposure’ consisted of this non-journalist making a few telephone calls and going for an appointment at a company that offers training and intros to model agencies, for those with no experience in this industry, something the company in question appeared quite up front in explaining to her. Continue reading »



9:30pm Thursday, May 24 on TV2

Treat yourself to a rare glimpse of the behind-the-scenes workings of Shortland Street in a special edition of 20/20.

After being granted unprecedented access to the production of New Zealand’s favourite serial drama over the last six months, this special episode sees Erin Conroy follow a week in the life of Pua Magasiva (Vinnie), while Emma Keeling gets a chance to star on the show and Hannah Ockleford examines Shortland Street’s impact on New Zealand society.

9:30pm Thursday, February 9 on TV2

Reporters Sonya Wilson, Emma Keeling, Erin Conroy and Hannah Ockelford are back for 2012 to bring you more of the best of New Zealand and American current affairs with 20/20.

Combining hard-hitting investigative reports, newsmaker interviews and compelling human interest and feature stories, the 20/20 team will bring you more of the stories that change lives.

For the second year in a row TVNZ has won 3 of the 4 Aotearoa Film and Television Awards (AFTA) for outstanding craft in News and Current Affairs.

At the AFTA Craft Luncheon in Auckland this afternoon 20/20 cameraman Martin Anderson was presented with the prestigious Joe von Dinklage Memorial Award for Best Current Affairs Camera. This is the second year in a row Martin has won the award. 

“The AFTA Craft Awards are very special because it’s really the only time we get to recognise the work done by the extremely talented people who work behind the camera – their craft and professionalism is outstanding,  and it’s fantastic to see that recognition officially from the judges,” said TVNZ’s Head of News and Current Affairs, Anthony Flannery.

“It’s been the biggest year for news in TVNZ’s history, and our team has given it everything.

“They’ve worked on rolling deadlines and under immense pressure over the past 12 months to deliver vitally important stories to New Zealand and it’s great to be able to take some time today to say thanks to them all.

“I believe they’ve delivered a world class service to our viewers and we can be very proud of their efforts”.



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20/20 (TV2) – Sitting on a Killer


The Best Current Affairs Camera is the Joe von Dinklage Memorial Award. Joe was the cameraman who drowned when a helicopter carrying Paul Holmes and a Holmes TV crew crashed into the sea at Anaura Bay in 1989.

The AFTA Awards gala event is being held on Saturday night at Auckland’s Viaduct Events Centre. 

The parents of Hayden Smith and Aaron Miller have spoken in depth for the first time to TV2’s current affairs show 20/20 about the pain of losing their sons to the illegal methadone trade, and their anger towards a scheme which allows recovering drug addicts to take the drug outside controlled environments. 

Reporter, Pete Cronshaw, spoke to Hayden’s father, Mike, and Aaron’s parents, Shaun and Linda, about the ‘take-away’ scheme that allows the lethal drug to be consumed at home by addicts, which critics say increases the capacity for it to be on-sold as a result.

“It’s a death that should never have happened,” says Aaron’s mother, Linda Murphy. “There should be no methadone that can be taken out of the chemist. Laws need to be changed. Otherwise it’s going to happen again.

“All of these junkies that sell it off, all they want is the dollar, they don’t give a sh*t about what happens to the person that they give it to.”

Robert Steenhuisen, head of Auckland Community Alcohol and Drug Services, told 20/20 the organisation works hard to ensure illegal drug trades are minimised.

“There is a black market for methadone, and a lot of other pharmaceuticals that is true, and our task is really to try to minimise the opportunities for the black market as much as possible … as far as I know we are reasonably successful in that.”

But Steenhuisen says he is aware of the risks the ‘take-away’ scheme poses for teens such as Hayden and Aaron.

“Methadone is definitely a dangerous drug. It can only be taken by people who have a tolerance to it. If you take methadone and you don’t have a tolerance to it and you take too much of it, then you are highly likely to overdose.”

And for Mike Smith, the overdose that caused his son’s death is clearly still too much to bear.

“I miss Hayden so much, he was my only son. Until you lose a child, you don’t realise how bad it is. That doesn’t go away. Every single day he’s still there.”


20/20 on TV2

9:30pm Thursday, February 24 on TV2

TV2’s signature current affairs show, 20/20, returns to screens this week and takes a look at the harsh reality of becoming a man in Papua New Guinea, and the brutal and bloody processes that makes military hazing look like a picnic.

Different tribes have different initiation ceremonies. Some, like the Sambia, poke sharp sticks up the noses of young boys until their blood runs freely. This process, a kind of male menstruation, is repeated regularly. The boys are then forced to ingest the ‘male milk’.

Male initiation ceremonies are shrouded in secrecy but they are a compulsory step to manhood.

In March 2003 Kiel McNaughton, star of Shortland Street, married his Papua New Guinean love Kerry Warkia. They have two children, an 8-year-old son called Apeal and a 5-year-old daughter, Vavaki.

Now Kiel is under pressure to take his son back to Rabaul in February and subject him to a secret tribal initiation ceremony. He has no idea what pain and suffering Apeal will endure.

Would you let your child do it? Could you stand idly by and watch your 8-year-old son be force fed, beaten, whipped, slashed, sliced from head to toe or have arrows repeatedly shot into his tongue?

20/20 has been invited to accompany the family back to Papua New Guinea and document Kiel and Apeal’s blood initiation.

TVNZ presenter and news anchor Miriama Kamo is set to leave New Zealand to take up a role in Germany.

Kamo, who fronts 20/20 as well as presenting One News bulletins intermittently, will leave for Europe in January where she plans to live and work in Germany for six months.

TVNZ confirmed to Dan News that they are currently seeking a 20/20 replacement for Kamo.

The experienced broadcaster was also named as one of the possible replacements for departed Breakfast presenter Paul Henry on the TV One morning show.

Source: Dan News

It’s more solid programming from TV2 in 2011 with some excellent content.  The only thing obviously missing was any sign of new local shows on TV2.  

Check out the list of shows and trailers below.

New Shows

Shit My Dad Says

Off The Map

The Walking Dead

No Ordinary Family

Mike and Molly


Hot in Cleveland

Better Together

Happy Endings


Returning Shows
Desperate Housewives
Two and a Half Men
The Big Bang Theory
The Mentalist
Grey’s Anatomy
Private Practice
Cougar Town
Brothers and Sisters
The Middle
Hell’s Kitchen
American Idol
The Vampire Diaries
The Amazing Race
Gossip Girl 

Returning Local Shows
Shortland Street (With another feature length episode) 
Go Girls
Neighbours at War
Police Ten 7
Rescue One
Motorway Patrol

9:30pm Thursday, July 1 on TV2

There can be few events more terrifying than a plane crash, and tonight’s 20/20: Special Edition looks at what happens to those who survive in the aftermath.

Introduced by Miriama Kamo, the special documentary meets survivors of some of the worst commercial crashes in aviation history – individuals who have cheated death by the slimmest of margins and crawled out of the wreckage to tell their tales. Alongside dramatic archive footage of the actual crashes, survivors tell their heart-stopping stories of survival, and heart-warming tales of recovery and personal redemption in the years that follow the crashes.

Mercedes Ramirez Johnson was on a plane that slammed into the side of a Columbian mountain in 1995. It was described a non-survivable event, but she lived to tell the tale.

“Panic just erupted in the cabin,” she recalls. “You could hear people crying, you could hear people screaming, you could hear parents trying to calm down their children. It was just mayhem.”

Kelly Moore was another air crash survivor – a flight attendant on board a plane that ended up at the bottom of the Potomac River just minutes after take off in 1982.

“I never would have imagined anything like that in my wildest dreams. I’ve said to people I wouldn’t have been a flight attendant if I thought that would have happened.”

However, the incident had an astonishing effect on her life subsequent to the disaster.

“I feel like being in the plane crash saved me – because I had a second chance at life.”

Both Mercedes and Kelly went on to make profoundly positive changes in their life as a direct result of the crash they were involved in. Tonight’s 20/20: Special Edition offers a life-affirming look at what it means to survive.

If you have missed this episode of 20/20 Special Edition, it will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘ondemand’ button.